Kish speaks at GambleAware webinar on disproportionate gambling-harm in BAME communities

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

New research commissioned by GambleAware and delivered by YouGov has found that minority ethnic communities are disproportionately impacted by gambling harms and also have a higher demand for treatment.


Link to GambleAware Research published in December 2020

TalkGEN summary

Prevalence of gambling-harm

In TalkGEN’s research on Gambling in BAME published in October 2020, we found that disproportionate harms in minority ethnic groups were reported in research from 2007, 2010, and 2012. The results we have from this 2020 study are in line with these older results, and reflect an odds ratio for the most severe form of harms of around 3.


  • Prevalence of gambling-harm due to own gambling among BAME adults: 1 in 5 (20%)

  • Prevalence of gambling-harm due to another person's gambling among BAME adults: 1 in 10 (9%)

Co-existing health conditions

  • 50% of individuals suffering PG harm from White Ethnic groups have a co-existing long-term health condition

  • 65% of individuals suffering PG harm from BAME Ethnic groups have a co-existing long-term health condition

Prevalence of affected others in children

  • 40% of individuals suffering PG harm from White Ethnic group have a child under 18 in the household

  • 50% of individuals suffering PG harm from BAME Ethnic groups have a child under 18 in the household

Sources of treatment, advice, and support

  • Individuals suffering gambling-harm reported accessing support from their GP; however this contrasts with expectations as there are no guidelines or medical curriculums that cover gambling-harm

  • BAME individuals were more likely to access specialist services, however these results are in stark contrast with the official statistics published which reflect that BAME individuals are disproportionately less likely to access services (National Treatment Statistics)

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